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Research Interests

My research focusses on the neglected trope of religion within French slavery narratives. Focussing on the nineteenth century, my thesis aims to explore the different ways in which religion from across the Atlantic world (including not only Christianity, but also Islam, Voodoo and Animism) has been used to frame representations of slavery and the Slave Trade and show that many of the dominant themes these narratives contain are couched in religious imagery. My research seeks to redress the significant bias towards Anglophone scholarship in the study of religion and slavery and responds to the resurgence of interest in religion in a post-secular world. A final strand in my research explores the legacy of religion in contemporary slavery narratives, whether retrospectively in the Transatlantic Trade, or in representations of the epidemic of modern-day slavery.

Achievements

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (French and History) at Queen's University, Belfast in 2016, I went on to study the MRes Arts and Humanities, from which I graduated in December 2018. My Masters dissertation focussed on the development of abolitionist poetry in the early nineteenth century, and questioned the inherent racial biases of metropolitan French writers in this period. 

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Activities

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Membership of board

Modern Languages CDRG

Helen McKelvey (Participant)

06 Mar 2020

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ASMCF-SSFH Postgraduate Study Day 2020

Helen McKelvey (Member of the organising committee)

07 Mar 2020

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Mobilities and Moorings: French PG Conference

Helen McKelvey (Participant)

30 May 201931 May 2019

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Modern Languages CDRG Research Showcase

Helen McKelvey (Participant)

17 May 2019

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ADEFFI 21st Annual Conference

Helen McKelvey (Participant)

19 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference